No. 12 UNC Hands Coastal Its First Loss
Nov. 21, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Coastal Carolina women's basketball team suffered its first defeat of the season Thursday night, falling to 12th-ranked North Carolina 106-52 inside Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill.
The Chanticleers dropped to 3-1 on the year, while North Carolina improved to 3-1, with its lone loss coming to fourth-ranked Tennessee.
Angelica Henry scored a game-high 15 points for the Chants, 12 of them coming in the second half. Henry set a career-high with four 3-pointers, hitting on all but one of her attempts. She also had a team-high four assists. Megan Pittman and AJ Jordan each grabbed a team-best seven rebounds. Alexx Puckett chipped in nine points, while Jordan and Pittman had eight and seven, respectively.
Despite struggling from the field and with turnovers early in the game, Coastal stayed close to the Tar Heels for most of the first half. With CCU trailing 26-13, Pittman scored five straight points on a 3-pointer and two free throws after an offensive rebound. Following a pair of free throws by UNC, Karsen Sims countered with two at the stripe for the Chants and it was 28-20 with just 5:03 left in the half.
However, North Carolina scored 18 of the final 22 points to pull out to a 46-24 advantage at the break. The Tar Heels tallied 13 of those points in transition and 11 of them off of CCU turnovers. UNC came in forcing over 22 turnovers per game with its aggressive defense and the Chants had 17 in the opening half, with the Tar Heels scoring 24 points off them. They also outscored Coastal 16-0 on the fast break.
North Carolina then came out on fire from the field to start the second half, hitting eight of its first 10 shots in an 18-6 spurt over the first four minutes that pushed the lead to 64-30. UNC shot close to 70 percent for the bulk of the second half before cooling off down the stretch and finishing the game at 51 percent overall.
The efficient shooting was due in large part to the Tar Heels' using their size advantage to dominate inside the paint, where they outscored the Chants 68-18. Stephanie Mavunga, a 6-3 freshman forward, totaled 20 points and was a perfect 10 for 10 from the field, while 6-2 forward Xylina McDaniel, last year's ACC Freshman of the Year, added 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting.
CCU was able to hold its own on the boards, with UNC having a 56-50 edge overall. The Chanticleers actually had more offensive rebounds (26-19), but the Tar Heels totaled 29 second-chance points, compared to just 11 for the Chants.
Defensively, North Carolina held Coastal well below its 76.7 average coming in. CCU shot 22 percent from the field, while finishing with 27 turnovers - although just 10 came after halftime - with UNC capitalizing for 32 points. Freshman guard Diamond DeShields was the beneficiary of many baskets in transition following turnovers and scored a game-high 21 points. DeShields is part of a four-player freshman class that was ranked No. 1 in the nation and had accounted for over 62 percent of the team's scoring entering the game.
It was the first time Coastal surrendered 100 or more points in a game since 1997 (vs. UNC Greensboro) and the most an opponent has tallied since 1994 when East Tennessee State scored 107.
Coastal returns home Monday, Nov. 25 to host Montreat College at 7 p.m. inside The HTC Center.